CANPASS

CANPASS is a suite of programs that speed up border crossings for frequent, low-risk, pre-approved travellers from the United States into Canada, and in the case of CANPASS Air, from anywhere in the world when entering Canada.

Important notice: In the event of a postal service disruption, you may experience delays when submitting a paper application form by mail or in receiving your respective membership card. [Learn more]

Validity and cost

Program Fee Valid for
CANPASS Air Can$50 One year
CANPASS - Corporate Aircraft Can$40 Five years
CANPASS - Private Aircraft Can$40 Five years
CANPASS - Private Boats Can$40 Five years

You must pay using Visa, MasterCard and American Express, or send a certified cheque or money order in Canadian funds payable to the Receiver General for Canada. Do not send cash.

Choose the mode of CANPASS that best suits you

Air travel

If you are travelling by air, there are three different CANPASS programs available to you.

Marine travel

Do you travel by private pleasure boat? If so, the CANPASS – Private Boats program for marine travel could be for you.

Flying to Canada? Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. need an eTA.

CANPASS members who are also lawful permanent residents of the U.S. (Green Card holders) need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when flying to or transiting through Canada. U.S. and Canadian citizens are exempted.

The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends soon.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. Get help if you have questions before, during or after you apply.

You do not need an eTA when you enter by land or sea.

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